Geospatial Analyst

National Forest Foundation

Remote, Remote

National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to offer a regular, full-time, and exempt position that will design, build, and manage innovative geospatial solutions, perform spatial analysis, and work closely with conservation teams and external partners to organize, clean, and manage data workflows for new and historic reforestation, recreation, and wildfire planning and restoration projects.

About the NFF: The NFF works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat, wild places, and recreational opportunities across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF seeks to engage all Americans in this work.

Position Function: The National Forest Foundation is seeking a highly motivated, full-time Geospatial Analyst to join our team of cutting-edge, passionate conservation professionals working in a cross-departmental, fast-paced, collaborative environment to help design, build and manage innovative geospatial solutions in service of restoring and protecting people, nature, and our planet. The Geospatial Analyst reports directly to the GIS Program Developer and will be responsible for transforming data (both spatial and non-spatial), curating, and performing QA/QC on project site information (including boundaries shapes, feature GPS points, geotagged photos, spreadsheets, timber cards, etc.) while ensuring the data meets National Forest Foundation’s high quality monitoring data requirements. The analyst will develop GIS data schema and governance. The analyst will accurately record and integrate data into the National Forest Foundation Projects geospatial database, ArcGIS Online (AGOL), ArcGIS Hub, and eventual cloud-based ArcGIS Enterprise. The GIS databases will support large-scale growth, impact assessment and monitoring, and grant, financial, and project reporting. 

To be successful in this role, the Geospatial Analyst will develop, ingest, and organize data into National Forest Foundations geospatial data schemas and associated workflows sourced from a broad range of platforms, including geospatial and non-geospatial platforms such as AGOL, ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Enterprise, Google Earth, multimedia platforms, Microsoft Dynamics, Avenza and others. The ideal candidate will also have experience with SQL geodatabases and be able to write scripts (Python, etc.) for data syncing and QA/QC automation. Experience managing AGOL and ArcGIS Hub groups, creating out of the box geospatial applications including Experience Builder, Dashboards, Storymaps, and Esri’s Field Maps suite of products, and managing data in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Hub is preferred. Experience with cloud-based ArcGIS Enterprise is a plus. The analyst will work closely with National Forest Foundation project managers and implementation partners throughout the data QA/QC lifecycle.

The Geospatial Analyst will play a critical role in strengthening our many fields including wildfire resilience, conservation, reforestation, and restoration, through partnerships. The analyst will perform spatial analysis and modeling in support of this work. Frequent collaboration with restoration and reforestation sector partners and data/technology solution providers will be a part of this role. The successful candidate will work in a cross-departmental, fast-paced, collaborative, agile environment to power analytics and information that serve the measurement, evaluation, verification, reporting, and storytelling functions of the organization.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: The Geospatial Analyst will: 

Manage/Organize Geospatial Data: 60%

The Geospatial Analyst will be responsible for managing and organizing geospatial data to ensure accuracy of polygons, lines, and points, and creating workflows for accessing and providing feedback on data accuracies to project managers, partners, implementation contractors, and other stakeholders. The analyst will be responsible for ingesting data (both spatial and non-spatial) into databases, managing consistent flows of data coming in from multiple platforms and data types. Other key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing data quality control procedures to ensure accuracy and completeness of geospatial data.
  • Working with geospatial databases to store, manage, and analyze data.
  • Collaborating with project managers and other stakeholders to identify data needs and requirements.
  • Creating data workflows and automating data processing tasks to improve efficiency and reduce errors.
  • Adjusting coordinate system projections to meet mapping needs at country, regional, local, and other geographic scales.
  • Developing and maintaining metadata documentation to ensure data can be easily discovered, understood, and used by others.
  • Providing technical support and training to internal and external users on geospatial data management and analysis tools and workflows. This could also include 1-on-1 or group sessions with staff and partners to support them in collecting and reporting high quality data.

Create Geospatial Maps, Apps and Products: 20%

  • Develop ArcGIS out-of-the-box web applications that that support programs’ work, and that showcase data, imagery, and geo-tagged photos to support organizational goals. Experience with ArcGIS Hub, Experience Builder, Dashboards, Storymaps, ArcGIS Field Maps suite of applications, Insights for ArcGIS, ArcGIS
  • Community/Business Analyst, and Location Tracking is desired.
  • Collaborate with various teams within the organization to assist in the creation of compel-ling storytelling maps and products using geospatial data and techniques.
  • Create internal products and tools to facilitate data collection, processing, and analysis, and support efforts to improve the organization's understanding and insights into monitoring data and grants management.
  • Develop organization branded map templates and support GIS and team needs across the organization.
  • Provide technical support and training to internal and external users.

Perform Geospatial Analysis and Modeling: 20%

  • Perform spatial analysis with National Forest Foundation and other datasets to produce in-sights into the data at the country, regional, local, and other geographic scales.
    Perform spatial analysis, modeling, and data enrichment using external data sources avail-able through Esri’s Living Atlas and through partners, government agencies and other sources to produce derived data layers for impact and donor reporting, apps, maps, statistics, and other insight products. GIS modeling experience around wildfire planning (IFTDSS model or others), water quality, sediment, and carbon are a plus. 
    Location: This position is a remote/work-from-home position and requires reliable internet access and a dedicated workspace. Occasional travel when needed to support field staff and other programs.

Compensation: The NFF offers competitive compensation and benefits and has recently implemented a new compensation program as part of our commitment to transparency. The salary range for this position will be in the $64,100 to $99,000 range and may be eligible for locality adjustment. Please note that the indicated salary range describes the full range for an incumbent in this position. Most new staff generally start at the 35th percentile of the range percentile to ensure internal salary equity.



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